Lebanese premier to visit Iraq soon, Beirut says

Other News Materials 19 August 2008 14:53 (UTC +04:00)

Prime Minister Fouad Seniora is to travel to Baghdad this week for trade talks, becoming the first Lebanese leader to visit Iraq since the fall of former dictator Saddam Hussein, Lebanese officials said on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Fawzi Salukh said the visit would probably take place on Wednesday, dpa reported.

The visit would follow on that made last month by Saad Hariri, the head of Lebanon's ruling majority, to Iraq.

"The discussions with Iraqi leaders will be on bilateral relations and particularly trade and oil," the premier's spokesman said on Tuesday.

Baghdad is working to rebuild relations with its neighbours in the wake of five years of bloodshed.

Prior to 2003, Lebanon and Iraq had had a strong trading relationship, mainly in food products.